The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a 47-pound bighead carp was caught in a net by a commercial fishermen on November 16th, in Lake Pepin near Frontenac.
While other adult bighead carp have been found in Lake Pepin and the Mississippi near Winona, along with the St. Croix River, the D-N-R says this was the largest individual carp caught to date.
The recent catch fits the pattern of occasional adult Asian carp captures from the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers over the past 15 years. Individual bighead carp were caught in the St. Croix River in 1996, 2011, and 2012, and four silver carp were caught from the Mississippi River between Winona and La Crosse since 2008.
The D-N-R says populations of bighead and silver carp are established in the Mississippi River and its tributaries downstream of pool 16 in Iowa. There is no indication bighead or silver carp are reproducing in Minnesota waters of the Mississippi or St. Croix rivers......